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WASHINGTON – Hundreds of people flowed into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Sept. 11 and 12, 2009, for a eucharistic congress sponsored by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. It was coordinated by Sister Mary Kathleen Ronan of Bethlehem, Conn., a Sister of Mercy who also is the liturgical consultant for the Archdiocese of Hartford. The event drew attendees from throughout the country, including two chartered buses from Connecticut. All came to worship Jesus in the Eucharist, listen to talks given by the head of the Knights of Co-umbus and the daughter of St. Gianna Molla, and see fireworks shoot into the sky next to the shrine. They also attended workshops held throughout the day Sept. 12. The theme of the gathering was "Sacrifice of Enduring Love." Before the opening Mass began on the evening of Sept. 11, hundreds of sisters in many different colored habits filled a large portion of the center pews in the basilica's Upper Church. (Photos by Bob Mullen)

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